What is it about?

Started as an essay that developed into an article due to the fact that the nature of the results stood in sharp contrast to the researchers beliefs. Presumption were that young adults diagnosed with cancer in ages between 20-29 years would have access to wide range of support in healthcare. This study followed 8 young females in their everyday life through blogs, the participants all had different types of cancer but displayed similar results regarding to feelings while being under treatment. All of the participants felt isolated, excluded and not involved in their own healthcare and treatment. They also displayed feelings of not getting information or getting faulty information.

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Why is it important?

Awareness is needed of how the healthcare personnel is perceived by young adults diagnosed with cancer. Also an awareness of the stress that this causes those who are most vulnerable due to their young age and severe illness.

Perspectives

I have long experience of nursing and caring for humans diagnosed with cancer and myself I was chocked by the fact that young people are not getting their caring needs meet in their vulnerable state - both in regard to their diagnose but also to the troublesome age when most are finding out their own identity.

Malin Alander
University of Skövde, Institution of Health sciences

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This page is a summary of: Lived experiences and caring needs in young adults diagnosed with cancer, Nursing Forum, May 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12595.
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